Thought of Stars Chapter 1: Without Love

“It’s so pretty here” Reese said.

“I know how much you love this garden”

Reese had been in love with all things Chinese culture since she started practicing martial arts when she was 11.

“Umm, Reese listen I brought you here tonight because I wanted to ask you something.”

“You’ve been acting really weird the last few days, what’s going on?” Reese asked.

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Reese gasped as Darren lowered to his knee. “Reese Abigail Banks, we’ve been dating for over 5 years now. And I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to do this, Will you marry me?”

“Oh my god! YES!!!! absolutely Yes!” Reese shouted.

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“Ugh I just can’t shake this stomach bug I thought these types of things were only supposed to last 24 hours.” Reese told her co-worker Kami.

“Don’t take this the wrong way but have you considered that you might be pregnant?” Kami responded which just the hint of a smile creeping onto her face.

“Do you think so… I haven’t wanted to think about it” Reese said.

“Go to the store on the way home pick up a pregnancy test. Take it home talk to Darren If you’re really as worked up as you seem to be you’ll want him with you.”

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Darren had off that day. So he was waiting for her when she got home. Reese had cried most of the taxi ride home the little box in the bag next to her. She was hoping he wouldn’t notice as she walked through the door. “Hi Reese!” She heard him yell from the kitchen. She walked quietly into the house. Darren came out from the kitchen and it only took him once look to figure out something was wrong. “Reese what’s wrong?”

“I’m scared” Reese said.

“Reese what’s going on?”

Now Reese was crying. She simply held up the bag. Darren reached for it not dropping his gaze from her. It wasn’t until he pulled the box out of the bag that he finally broke eye contact with her to look at the box. “Reese…” He said after seeing the blue box labeled pregnancy test. “Are you?”

“I don’t know… I’m so scared… If I’m pregnant what are we supposed to do we can’t do this…”

“We’ll get through it, maybe this wasn’t planned but we can do this, look let’s not do this tonight it’s late, let’s go to sleep try and enjoy leisure day tomorrow. Then after we’re done celebrating we can deal with this. Sound good?”

Reese nodded and with one last promise it would be OK the couple headed off to bed.

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